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What Can Hijack the Wine Pleasure?

Enough has been written on how to increase your wine drinking pleasure. Good wine enjoyed with pleasant company takes the wine drinking experience to a different level altogether. But there are a few things that can ruin a much-awaited wine drinking occasion into an ordinary experience. Yes, here we tell you about them so you are adequately informed and if possible avoid those circumstances.

Wrong glasses

Though many would argue what’s in a glass; but drinking out of the wrong type of glasses do affect the taste and aroma of wine. Can you imagine champagne being relished out of a beer mug? No, it would be sacrilege!! The same rule applies to other wines as well. We are not saying invest in expensive crystal, but hoard some decent quality glasses. Believe us, you will notice the change.

Expensive Wines

Nothing spoils the party mood faster than seeing an expensive restaurant bar menu. You are in a catch-22 situation where you want to enjoy the wine but can’t because of the exorbitant prices of the wines that you know you can relish at half the prices if bought from a local wine shop.

Corked Bottles

Just imagine a party scene where you want to show off a prized bottle of yours which turns out to be a corked one. Half the pleasure is already spoiled as it takes a considerable time, patience and skill to remove the cork deftly. But in case the cork breaks and the pieces go into the wine, it just adds to the overall disappointment.

Overwhelming smells

Wine drinking experience starts with the aroma but if there are overwhelming smells of strong perfume, incense sticks and colognes around, you will find them interfering with your wine smells. It’s a pity that you won’t be able to smell that tantalizing whiff of vanilla or spices.

Wrong wine temperature

Wine drinking experience can be spoiled if wine is not served at the correct temperature. Reds served warm lose their focus and balance while too cold reds might taste bitter and tannic. The same way, white wines might taste sweet when served at room temperature but savoury when served chilled.

Poor company

Wines are best enjoyed in the company of good friends. But on an occasion where you find yourselves surrounded by unknown and poor company, you will find no pleasure in your glass of wine even if it’s the world’s most expensive and best wine.

Party spoilers

The realization that you need to drive after the wine party spoils the mood for wine drinking. It’s frustrating to not drink or limit yourself to half a glass. Again, if you are hosting a party, then boarding friends for the night as they can’t drink and drive is also a mood spoiler especially when you are one of those people who like their space.

Feeling under the Weather

You have been invited for a wine party do but have caught a bad cold, very frustrating right? You can’t enjoy your wine as cold interferes with the smell and taste. Hence, better refrain from wine drinking and switch to sipping hot water.

And in case you are thinking, this article is not to deter you from wine drinking but to make your wine drinking a pleasant and memorable affair.

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Flowing Down Through Ages

France is the largest producer of wines. We all know that. What we don’t know is “How did wine come into existence”, “Who invented it” or “How did it become so popular”?

Let’s travel into time and try to unearth some history and interesting facts of wine.

Ancient History

As per the archaeological evidence, the first wines were produced in Mesopotamia somewhere between 4000 and 6000 BC. The exact place is still a mystery though.

According to Persian folklore, wine was not invented but discovered accidentally.

A princess, having lost favor with the King, wanted to end her life by drinking what she thought was poison but actually contained the remnants of grapes that had spoiled. She became intoxicated and fell asleep. She woke up to find herself rejuvenated with none of the sadness that she had experienced before. She took her discovery to the king who was so enamored by this wonder drink that he ordered that all grapes grown in Persepolis be dedicated only to wine-making.

Greek Wine-making

Ancient Greece is believed to have gifted the modern world the process of wine making. The archaeological sites in Greece had the remnants of 6500 year old grape, which represents the first appearance of wine production in Europe. The Greek wine was exported throughout the Mediterranean basin and thus made its first appearance in ancient Egypt as well.

Egyptian Wine-making

Wine was considered auspicious for all religious ceremonies in ancient Egypt. In fact, wine was considered so important that it became part of the list of items kept in tombs for the afterlife. Though more red wine was consumed in ancient Egypt, while excavating the tomb of Tutankhamen, the five clay amphorae was found to have traces of white wine which led to the discovery that white wine was also prevalent in that era.

Roman Wine-making

The Romans contributed immensely to the development of viticulture and oenology. In fact, all the major wine producing regions located in Western Europe today, were established by the Romans.

Romans mixed herbs and minerals in the wine for medicinal purposes. The upper classes consumed pearls dissolved in wine for better health. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Church preserved the grape growing and wine-making technology.

Indian Wine-making

The first known mention of grape-based wines in India was in the late 4th century BC writings of Chanakya. In his writings, Chanakya has mentioned that the Emperor Chandragupta Maurya and his courtmen frequently indulged in a type of grape wine known as Madhu.Later, the wine consumption in India remains unknown till the Portuguese introduced Port in Goa in the early 1500s.

American Wine-making

European grape varieties were first brought to Central and South America by the first Spanish conquistadores. In Mexico, the wine became such a huge success that the King of Spain forbade new plantings fearing his colony would become self-sufficient in wine. This enforcement prevented a commercial wine industry from forming.

The early settlers of North America were unsuccessful in their attempt in cultivating imported European vines. It was only during the gold rush that the new residents of central California found out that many grape varieties, including the European variety, could grow beautifully in this rich agricultural region. The wines produced in America were not considered to be of a great quality. It was only after the latter half of the 20th century that American wines were considered as good as the European counterparts.

Does this little bit of history into wine-making make your wine-drinking pleasurable?

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